Originally Posted by anukrips
I saw your post just today. I am going through the same thing my ferritin was about 5 month ago...i know way too less. I have started treatment with 150 mg ferrous sulfate (45mg elemental iron) once a day long with vitamin D, calcium and B12 as my doctor feels it may be on lower end.
I red your story and it gives me hope...I wanted to check with you how you are doing now since its been a while since your post. Please let me know how long it took for you to get your normal hair back. you would love hear bout your progress and how it happened.
I'm still trying to figure out the best way of treating my hair loss and it is all very confusing. I haven't experienced any regrowth, it's probably a little bit worse actually. Because androgenetic alopecia is a progressive condition if it is not treated.
I got to a point that I didn't want to keep taking iron tablets. They made me severly constipated and in the mornings I would run to the bathroom feeling like I was going to throw up. I was worried about whether they were doing damage inside of me to my organs. It took me a couple of months until I stopped taking them to get rid of the naseua. So my iron has been dropping heaps, and now it is pretty low again around 30
To tell you the truth, I'm not convinced that my iron levels were ever low enough to cause hair loss. The trichologist I saw tried to convince me they were and then he tried to sell me vitmains and iron so that he could make some quick coin. I didn't buy the stuff he was selling, I felt like he was just a salesperson preying on vulnerable people who just want their hair back but I am trying to take the iron supplements I get from the chemist when I have my period though so that I don't continually deplete my iron stores. I'm not sure what to do though, because I got to a point where I thought the shedding was a little better when my iron was higher but maybe it was all in my head. Afterall, high iron is supposed to assist in growing hair but not decreasing shedding right?
My scalp is oily/itchy and I did hormone tests that show my testosterone is a bit on the low side, but pretty much all my results are normal except for ferretin being a bit on low side and vitamin d being low. It's probably a number of factors contributing to hair loss but the main one is genetics. Maybe it's true what one doctor said to me, that this is what my hair is supposed to be like in this stage of my life. We can't all maintain the same amount of hair we had when we were in our teens to our twenties, some people do but that's in their genes. Lucky people! But if you actually look around at other girls hair, wide parts are quite common.
So since I've come to the realisation that my genetics are causing my hair loss, you should read 'The hormonally vulnerable woman' by Dr Redmond, I have to make the decision about how/if I treat it. Whether I take Diane 35 which my dr has prescribed to me. I want to take Diane 35 because i have super heavy periods and it would help with that and keep my iron stores high and it also blocks the androgens, so it may help my oily scalp/itchy and stop the hair thinning. I've read on other posts that it does help with hair thinning but it can be an absolute nightmare when you get off the pill.
Girls write that they lose 50% of their hair 3 months after they stop the pill, that it makes them moody, depressed, and have no sex drive. Some say it even makes them shed more on the pill. It's difficult because I don't know how its going to react with my body and I don't know if I am gutsy enough to play with nature and put synthetic hormones into my body. But what other option to I have? Just wait for my hair loss to get worse
Good luck with your hair loss situation. It's so hard to find a doctor that knows anything about hair loss. Hopefully you can find a good one that can guide you the right way.